All women are welcome at Femø Women’s Camp.
Every summer the last week before Aftercamp is International Week, where the official language is English (the ‘officiel’ language for all other weeks is danish), so for foreigners it might be interesting to join International Week and/or Aftercamp.
For more than 40 years women from all over the world have enjoyed their vacation on the lovely island of Femø. The Women’s Camp on Femø is in many ways a unique blend of tradition and renewal. It is the oldest womens camp in the world – the Women’s Movement in Denmark started the camp in 1971, and the International Week on Femø has been a part of it since 1973. Yet the many new women who join every year bring new ideas and initiatives to the camp.
On Femø, you can enjoy the natural beauty of the island and at the same time experience a kind of community that other women don´t have access to in their daily lives. It is a community where we have time to talk about how things could and should be done and where everyone has the opportunity of being listened to.
Life at the Camp
The women’s camp on Femø is a tent camp, placed along the coast. It looks like a little “village”: there is a big central space with tables and chairs, the “common tent” which serves as meeting place, cafe, party room, living room and dining room in case of rain etc. Besides that, there´s a kitchen tent, the tools tent, the children’s tent, the bath tent and a toilet wagon. You can sleep in one of the sleeping tents, which accommodate 6 to 20 women. Or bring your own little tent.
The camp is in a meadow along the sea, there is a sandy beach and lots of shallow water. It is a protected environment with a wide variety of different grasses and flowers.
Usually we spend the mornings and/or the afternoons in groups. If you are at the Femø-camp for the first time, it might be a good idea to join a group, but of course that’s your own choice. In the evenings we meet in the common-tent to hear news from the other groups, receive practical information and perhaps have interesting discussions. And then of course to sing, to laugh, talk, flirt and have a good time.
At the camp, we organize everything ourselves – cooking, cleaning etc. There is a team of women who plan the week and provide a basic structure, and all women help in making the camp function. Every woman on the week is needed to take part in creating the week and to share the different duties of cooking, dish-washing and other practical assignments.
As the camp has no liability insurance, you should have your own. And make sure you have a health insurance valid in Denmark.
Children at the camp
There is a max of 12 children on the week. Boys are allowed until the age of 12. We try every year to have volunteers for the children activities, who provide activities for the kids for some hours after breakfast. It can be quite a challenge for mothers /caretakers to, at the same time, be there for your children, take part in camp tasks, the activities and social life in the camp. The wish is that both women and children feel embraced and supported in the camp. This should be possible with the help of each other.
The official camp language during International week is FemoeEnglish, an easy English with bits and pieces of other languages and lots of good will. The focus is not on speaking English perfectly but on the inclusion of everyone into the conversation.
It’s all the participants’ responsibility to make sure that everyone gets all the important information. Having one common language during this week also makes it possible to just walk by a round of women, hear a few words that sound interesting and join in.
The camp can usually not offer sign language and other language interpretation. We then try and find a way to communicate and be inclusive with anything all the participants can think of.
If English is not an option of communication for you, feel free to let us know (either beforehand or in camp) so we can make sure you will not be left outside of the conversations and the flow of information.
The food is oriented on Danish eating habits with a touch of internationalism: Breakfast with muesli, milk, yoghurt as well as bread with cheese, jam or chocolate slices; a light lunch of salads, herring, liver pate, cheese and bread, and a warm dinner in the evenings. However, few fruit: if you eat a lot of fruit, consider bringing some, or support the local shop. We try to buy ecological and local food.
International week is mainly a vegetarian week. If you have any special food needs, please be aware that the camp has limited possibilities. We try to be as inclusive as possible with the different food needs, but we are on a small island with only a little harbour shop and get pre-ordered supplies for every separate week send from Copenhagen.
We make all the food ourselves in relatively primitive conditions and are depending on the women’s creativity to make the recipes work. The recipes are international and so simple they can be cooked by a team of non-professionals under camp conditions … actually, the food is usually quite delicious!
Please contact us if you have any questions about the food.
You will get all other necessary practical information when you have enrolled.